Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination - the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend...real or otherwise.
Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.
Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him - and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence. Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds - imaginary, real, child, and adult - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming...and heartbreaking conclusion.
©2012 Matthew Dicks (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
The most novel approach thus far, I loved the perspective of an imaginary friend. I also felt that the author's background (teacher) provided a unique insight to on children that are often difficult to love because they do not respond in predictable ways.
Indomitable Will a biography of LBJ by Mark Updegrove (sp?). Both books use creative approaches in assiting the reader in gaining insights on the mindset of the main character. Mark's book provides insights on LBJ via the impressions of the participants engaged with LBJ. Dickes book uses the suppositions of the imaginary friends regarding the motivations of thier human friends. I felt Dickes book humanized that spectrum of autisim. I thought it also makes a compelling argument regarding the beneficial societal aspects of thoughtful approaches to mainstreaming children with challenges while at the same time providing a cautionary tale regarding the special protections required for the most vuneralbe children.
I loved the narrator.
The book opened me up to the wonder and magic of childhood imagination. It is also a caution regarding how we must really touch back with young ones to ensure that we understand how they are processing confusing experiences.
The characters are a little lilmited and stilted but I suspect this is to remind us that the worldview of a child is simplistic.
The story was somewhat suspenseful but too easy to predict the ending.
I would probably consider it depending on the subject. He has a good imagination.
He successfully reminded me the way the way a child thinks
It is interesting and pretty fast paced. The author took enough time to make me feel something for the characters.
I enjoyed the story even though its a little schmaltzy.
Very interesting, informative book from the perspective of the imaginary friend. I came into this book with basically 0 knowledge of what it was like for a child to have an imaginary friend or the ins and outs.
Budo is Max's imaginary friend who is exactly like Max created him. He was created by Max to help cope with things that he is unable to cope with himself. The book never directly said that Max is autistic, but that is what you discern from many of the comments.
After Max is abducted by a teacher who lost her son, it takes budo and another imaginary friend to help him escape and make it into his parents arms of safety.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has small children or with interests in imaginary friends or autism.
Matthews writing reminded me a little bit of Jodi picoult, but with a little less spark.
Really original story and it kept my attention. Encompassed autism in a particular child exceptionally well. suspenseful but heart warming too. Loved it.
Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated it's unique way of bringing perspective to autism and life. I wish it had left the F words out. It would be a beneficial read for my students!
The narrator of the story is Budo, the imaginary friend of a young apparently autistic boy named Max. As an invisible friend, he can only be seen and heard by Max, and by other invisible friends; so when Max gets in some trouble and Budo wants to help, there are some obvious challenges.
It's a very unusual and interesting perspective, and an interesting way to tell the story. Ultimately though I found the writing style a bit annoying since the author is trying to make Budo sound like a young child, so he speaks only in very short, simple sentences. A whole book of this is a bit hard to handle, even though the audible narrator made a valiant effort.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I actually really enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm glad that I gave it a listen, because it was great. I loved the narrator. His voice was easy to listen to and fit with the characters well. The concept of the story is really interesting. I've never read anything from a perspective like this before and it was very well done. The story line itself was interesting and exciting. There were funny moments, touching moments, sad moments and suspenseful moments. This book had it all and was a great all-around read.
CHARACTERS: Budo was such a great character. I loved seeing the world though his eyes and watching him change throughout the story.
COVER: I like how it's blurred out. It fits with the idea of this imaginary friend and the possibility of them fading over time.
Haven't read the print, but I really enjoyed the narration, so I'll just say yes.
When I was listening to him play the main character, I totally forgot I was listening to some random man. When he was playing Max or the other imaginary friends, I forgot they were all technically the same person. Every character had a distinct image in my head.
The reunion. I cried the happiest tears a book has ever made me cry.
I love the angle of this book. I thought it might be cheesy, but it was really well planned out. Just read it; ad some creative happiness to your life.
The concept of the imaginary friend to a small child was interesting enough to keep me listening, although I did listen on fast speed to keep the story moving. Although the book didn't grab me like it did other people, I was interested enough to keep listening to see where the author was taking the characters.
I enjoyed the interview with the author and Mrs. Gosk at the end.
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